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Cellador Ales is opening their tap room for the first time this weekend

Cellador Ales
Photograph: Courtesy Cellador Alles

It's been a while since a tasting room sprung up in the San Fernando Valley, but this weekend, a new microbrewery is opening up its doors for tastings in North Hills. Cellador Ales, which first launched in 2014 but hasn't had a tap room until now, is inviting curious imbibers and fans to its warehouse for the first time this weekend, offering a selection of its beers both on draft or in the bottle.

Cellador specializes in 100 percent oak barrel-fermented beers, with an emphasis on wild and sour ales. The brewery also liberally employs Brettanomyces, a type of wild yeast that give beers an especially unique flavor profile. Read: these are some truly funky beers. This weekend, you'll be able to try some Cellador standouts, including Akimbo, Firegold, Mosaic, Citra and Restik, all of which are available in 5- and 10-ounce pours (Restik, a Farmhouse ale, is being launched for the first time this weekend). Fall in love with a couple and want to take them home? Some of the bottles will be offered to go; there will also be food from Tacos La Bomba available for purchase.

The Valley's craft beer scene hasn't seen the same kind of brewery explosion happening in the South Bay or Downtown L.A. Instead, it has cultivated a dedicated following among stalwarts such as Ladyface Ale and San Fernando Brewing Co., as well as relative newcomer MacLeod Ale. But there's always room for more beer, and we're happy that Cellador Ales is now able to share its goods with the rest of us on a regular basis. Will you be checking them out this weekend?

Cellador Ales is located at 16745 Schoenborn St in North Hills. The tap room hours are Fri 4-9pm, Sat noon-8pm, Sun noon-6pm.

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Brian H

Cellador is great but don't forget that Hand-Brewed Beer in Chatsworth opened their tasting room only 3 months ago. Hardly "a while ago" Cheers!

Nimai K

Great press for Cellador, thrilled for Kevin & Sara. I'll be there this Saturday in full support. Also of note, there are two other breweries in the SFV not mentioned. Hand Brewing (which opened their tasting room just last month ) and 818 Brewing, which does growler fills for Founding members, and whose tasting room should be open this August.

As a lifetime Valley resident, that last paragraph was not researched. Most wouldn't consider Ladyface as part of the SFV either, it's in Agoura Hills, 8 miles past Valley Circle (the western edge of the Valley by most standards). Ladyface is also Northwest of Malibu state park, and west of the Las Virgenes mountain range. The owner is closer to Ventura County then the Valley. Also, MacLeod Ales opened a year before San Fernando Brewing did, (SFV Brewing 2015, MacLeod 2014) and was founded a full year two years before that (2012). For most locals, MacLeod is the first SFV craft brewery, not the "relative newcomer".

Nimai K

Agoura Hills "is in the eastern Conejo Valley between the Simi Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains."